NHS Digital is funding sixteen “Digital Social Care Pathfinders” projects with £4.5 million, with the aim of developing solutions for bridging the data and technology “gaps” which may act as barriers to better integration between the NHS and social care.
The 16 local projects are listed in the following table:
|Bristol City Council||Real Time co-ordination of care packages and digital workflows across Integrated Care Bureau.|
|Friends of the Elderly||Integrated Acoustic Monitoring Technology with Digital Care Planning.|
|Hft (Learning Disabilities Charity)||“My Health Guide” for Learning Disabilities (large user groups).|
|Lancashire County Council||Digital discharge messaging service (ADW) / integration with local health care records.|
|Leicestershire County Council||NHSmail and access to Electronic Patient Records for care providers (for 60% of Leicestershire care homes).|
|London Borough of Bexley||Remote monitoring and predictive data analytics – aiming to prevent, reduce and defer the escalation of needs.|
|London Borough of Islington||Free Text for predictive analytics across large region (four local authorities across North Central London).|
|National Care Forum||Technological and digital innovations to improve the lives.|
|Manchester City Council||Extending digital discharge service (ADW) across the region (11 local authorities).|
|Nottinghamshire County Council||Developing interoperability standards across health and social care, with national programmes. Two Local Health and Care Record (LHCR) organisations.|
|South Gloucestershire Council||Extending Connecting Care to care homes, and Digital Red Bag (in three local authorities plus care homes).|
|Sutton Council||Standardisation of Digital Red Bag for 20% of care homes in SW London and nationally.|
|Westminster City Council||Care information exchange for care providers, local authorities and carers (in four local authorities, two trusts, with potential for whole NW London region).|
|Wirral Council||Extending digital discharge service (ADW) functionality, nationally.|
|Wolverhampton City Council||Extending range of data for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning (re: delayed discharges, housing, education, police and crime, socio-economic factors, the environment, and private sector); across two local authority areas – with potential to apply across STP footprint.|
|Worcestershire County Council||Extending AI and Data Modelling to Telecare and Assistive Technology Data (across two local authority areas – with potential to extend across STP footprint).|
Digital Social Care Pathfinders Programme 2019-21. [Online]: NHS Digital, February 11th 2020.
- Standardised information from social care, about persons entering healthcare settings upon admission.
- Standardised social care information accessible to healthcare providers / staff.
- Standardised core health information accessible to social care providers / staff.
- Location finder: enabling healthcare providers to identify each patient’s responsible local authority.
- Alerts to notify social care providers / staff where each patient is in the health system.
- Single referral to, and discharge from, hospital.
- Use of data for crisis prevention: advanced predictive analytics.
- Use of artificial intelligence, assistive and / or remote technology.
Advantages of Digital Discharge
Advantages of Digital Discharge are expected to include:
- Improved Early Discharge performance.
- Reduced Delayed Transfers of Care.
- Shorter length of stay (LoS) in acute beds.
- Reduced hospital readmissions.
- Reduced medical outliers.
- Increase patient flow through hospitals.
- Reduced spending on Adult Social Care.
Local digital adult social care projects awarded share of £4.5m. [Online]: NHS Digital, February 11th 2020.